When perusing the App Store, one might find it difficult to find games that do not greatly resemble each other, whether they be of the puzzle variety or not. The world of gaming in all mediums has become a world of clones, where the game’s basic requirements and goals are all similar despite their attempt at varied premises.
But Blocktagon by Power Plug Games boasts that it is an “entirely new, unique, original puzzler” that offers refreshing game play as compared to your run-of-the-mill puzzle game. However, with this originality comes an increased need for patience on the user’s part.
The objective seems simple – clear the grid. And with the way Blocktagon increases its difficulty gradually, it does provide players with a smooth introduction as promised. Blocktagon also lets users choose whether they want to listen to the game’s music and sound effects or listen to their iTunes. Also, the in-game tutorials reinforce the ease of learning as you go along, providing instruction on what each of the six types of blocks (Soft, Hard, Bomb, Restore, Jumper and Void) signify.
Yet, while the games claims that it has 100 available levels, the only way you can choose where you start is if you have already successfully progressed through each level. Managing my way through the first six levels, which came with the convenient tutorial, the moment I was left to fend for myself on level seven, I realized this isn’t the kind of game you choose to play when you want to unwind. And, unfortunately, I couldn’t move ahead to discover how one uses the other types of blocks because I was only allowed to move backward in levels.
The only way to ever progress is to clear the entire screen. However, amidst all the times Blocktagon’s App Store description refers to the game as “unique” and “original,” they neglect to tell you that, unlike many of its counterparts, this game requires much more patience and concentration. The simple fact that the developers have to reinforce the game’s originality and awesomeness have to make one a little wary of its quality when deciding to buy it as well. And, while such a test of one’s intellect may be considered fun and enjoyable to some, my idea of a game is one that causes less stress than the tasks I’m using it to escape from during the day.
For a video demonstration of Blocktagon, click here.
Blocktagon requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.